Football Gears Up To Take On Pioneers

The football team will face the Boonville Pioneers tonight at home starting at 7:30 p.m.


PHS Media Staff

The Paoli Rams football team takes their team photos early in the morning.

Ashleigh Garcia, Business Manager, Sports Editor, Web Editor, Senior Editor Assistant, Paolite Staff Writer

The Varsity Football team will go head to head against Boonville for their opening game. 

Head Coach Neil Dittmer gives us a small piece of last year’s success. 

We went 7-3 making it to the Sectional Championship,” said Dittmer.

Last year the team graduated 12 seniors, who were all starters and played an important role in their offensive and defensive line. 

Dittmer explains how summer workouts went this year.

“We spent a lot of the summer trying to fill spots from a group that played a lot. We will need several newcomers to step up this year,” said Dittmer.

Senior Chris Nunez expresses his feelings about this game.

“I’m excited because it is our season opener and it is going to be a good year,” said Nunez.

Senior Nolan Walker also shows his feelings about this season.

“ I think we will have a good season this year. We should have a good chance at winning conference. We have good speed this year and I am excited for this season,” said Walker.

Seniors this year include: Austin Benales, Brandon Cook, Braxton Elliott, Braydon Hayes, Marty Higgins, Camron Meehan, Max Newkirk, C. Nunez, Xander Phelps Brice Robbins and Nolan Walker.

Benales gives his dreams for this season.

“A few of our goals for this season is to have a winning record and to win the Orange Bowl game,” said Benales.

Dittmer looks to his seniors as well as junior Trey Rominger to help lead the team this year.

Higgins briefly states what he thinks are going to be the biggest challenges this season.

“I feel like our biggest challenges might be communicating as a team and working together as a unit,” said Higgins.

This year’s roster includes: seniors Benales, Cook, Elliott, Hayes, M. Higgins, Meehan, Newkirk, Nunez, Robbins and Walker, juniors Quinton Albertson, Adam Barnhart and Rominger, sophomores  Isaiah Apple, Peyton Baker, William Baker, Coy Busick, Fletcher Cole, Ian Drake, Garret Hickman, Zeb Hooten, Jerimiah Hutcheson, Oscar Lewellyn, Jareth Nunez, Jaxson Reynolds, Dashawn Robertson, Jonny Shellenberger, freshmen Logan Arthur, Colton Baechle, Kolt Bonta, Coen Brace, Deegan Brashear, Austin Chastain, Dominic Garcia, Matthew Hammond, Tyler Hannon, Aidan Hickman, Charlie Higgins, Ashton Jones, Nick Kersey,  Trey Minton, Dane Padgett, Cooper Spires and Kade Walls.

Managers this year include: Jackie Crews,  Kenzie Gilliatt, Kalyn Hannon, Clara Henderson, Emma McKibbon, Libby Newkirk, Lupe Pacheco, Quinn Reynolds, Will Reynolds, Jayda Smith, Jett Speer, Trystan Turner and Maddi Warren.

Dittmer gives us a short answer about his hopes this season.

“Our goals every year are to win the Orange Bowl, win PLAC, and win Sectional,” said Dittmer.